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Quebec secular 'values' charter divides institutions

Hearings on Bill 60 begin at national assembly

Posted: January 13, 2014

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City of Côte Saint-Luc

Essentially, [the Quebec government is] showing [its] complete lack of respect for

municipal institutions, school boards, public hospital boards by imposing values that those elected officials may not agree with... It's just deplorable.

Audio: Côte Saint-Luc Mayor: Charter 'deplorable'

City of Montreal

We define Montreal by its diversity — it’s not a one-size-fits-all. My role is to make sure that we keep that.

Story: City of Montreal vs. Quebec's secularism charter

Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

The vision of the majority just quashes the rights of the minorities, and that's where it is a

radical departure... from the spirit and the letter of the Quebec Charter [of human rights and freedoms.]

Story: PQ values charter violates human rights law, commission says

Concordia University

Concordia University is strongly committed to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

and to the diversity of our community and the inclusion of all individuals in public life.

Story: Concordia University disagrees with secular charter

English Montreal School Board

If you are putting out a law where you're saying it's inappropriate to wear a religious symbol... and

you're being treated differently and you're being taunted, you're being ridiculed, you're being bullied... The government is not making our job very easy to combat that.

Story: EMSB says secular charter endorses bullying

Jewish General Hospital

If approved, this offensive legislation would make it extremely difficult for the JGH to

function as an exemplary member of Quebec’s public health care system.

Story: Jewish General Hospital says charter is 'offensive'

Lester B. Pearson School Board

[T]his fear-mongering, hate-promoting bill goes against everything the English public

school system and the Lester B. Pearson School Board believes in, stands for and teaches in our classrooms.

Story: Secular charter is 2013's 'Speak White,' says Montreal school board

McGill University

The University must remain a place for the free and full exchange of ideas. The proposal to prohibit

our professors and staff from wearing visible religious symbols runs contrary to our principles. The wearing of such symbols in no way interferes with the religious and political neutrality of McGill as an institution.

Story: McGill statement on proposed charter of values

McGill University Health Centre

It will make the MUHC a much less welcoming environment for our patients and their families, create

friction with our suppliers and result in insurmountable challenges in terms of staff retention, recruitment and morale.

Story: MUHC calls on Quebec to scrap secular charter

Sherbrooke University

This is not a good idea... In fact, it is precisely the role of the university to confront such ideas.

Story: D'autres villes et universités contre le projet de charte (French)

Town of Hampstead

In the event that the Quebec government passes this odious bill, which will force people to choose

between their religious beliefs and their jobs, it will not be enforced in Hampstead.

Story: Town of Hampstead won't apply 'racist' Quebec charter

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Centrale des syndicats du Québec

In giving their support to the secular charter put forward by the government, our members are

taking a position favouring the neutrality of the state with the principle of equality between men and women, as well as the need to provide a framework for requests for accomodations of a religious nature.

Story: Official news release from the union (French)

Commission scolaire de Montréal

The social climate in our schools is very important, and we want to stress that we understand very

well that the government wants government to be secular, but when it comes to the application of this bill, there will be difficulties.

Story: La CSDM émet des réserves sur la charte des valeurs (French)

Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec

Our responsibility was to see what they were thinking about it, and you see the result today that a very

high majority is supporting the charter.

Story: Quebec federation of nurses supports secular charter